ANNA Member Spotlight

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Susan Bridger, BSN, RN, CNN, CPDN

PD Manager
DaVita
Memphis, TN
Memphis Blues Chapter #240

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been a nurse since January 1984. I started in ICU and did a lot of beside peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter placements and 24/7 PD exchanges.

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been in nephrology full-time since 1989, working first as a staff nurse in hemodialysis, filling in for acute dialysis, staff and manager of an outpatient peritoneal dialysis clinic, and managing both hemodialysis and home therapy clinics, as well as a kidney educator for the past 19 years.

Why do you love nephrology?

I started in nephrology full-time because I was looking for a daytime-only job. Little did I know it was a career full of great experiences like lifelong learning, researching new pharmaceuticals, mentoring, networking, and using technical and teaching skills. It all has been very rewarding and has given me and my career a lot of advancements and rewards over the years. During the past 30-plus years, I have come to realize that I can really make a difference in the lives of nephrology patients.

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit and/or what do you love about being a member of ANNA?

ANNA membership offers so many opportunities for which I am thankful. I have been inspired to continue lifelong learning and grow my career. Through the great networking ANNA provides in so many ways, I have learned a lot of valuable information as well as created a lifelong network of resources and friends.

Do you have a favorite patient story?

I have accumulated a lot of patient stories over the years. The common theme with all patients is the gratitude they express to us on a daily basis and the stories they share of how they were ready to give up before starting dialysis. The patients now state they have a life to live and they are beginning to laugh and enjoy time with staff. This gratitude and the laughter we share along with the friendly hugs lets me know I am doing the right thing and I am in the right place.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing?

Spending time with family, travel, and girls’ weekend trips.

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